Adrian Peterson Wins the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
MIAMI — Washington Redskins running back A the league announced at NFL Honors on Saturday.
The award is presented each year to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.
Past winners include wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (2014), cornerback Charles Woodson (2015), running back Frank Gore (2016), linebacker Luke Kuechly (2017) and quarterback Drew Brees (2018).
Peterson is the first Redskins player to win the award.
“It means a lot,” Peterson said on the red carpet ahead of the award show. “When it came out, I was just smiling ear to ear because it goes to show the person that you are — and it comes naturally — is seen, is noticed and recognized by your peers. So to be up for the award is a blessing. There’s been great winners before, and to be able to be added to that group, it’ll be a dream come true.”
In addition to his Hall of Fame statistics — Peterson currently ranks sixth in NFL history in rushing yards and fifth in touchdowns — the 34-year-old bruiser has been a role model since signing with Washington in August of 2018.
According to coaches and teammates, Peterson is well-liked and well-rounded, passionate about football and influential on the field and in the locker room. His work ethic is unparalleled and speaks for itself, while his career accomplishments demand even more respect.
“He’s just an example on and off the field.” Dwayne Haskins said on the red carpet before the award show on Saturday. “He’s what it’s supposed to look like, how to work, somebody you look up to, especially with the Washington Redskins in that locker room. He has respect all over the NFL and I think he deserves it.”
Peterson was especially valuable for the Redskins’ younger running backs. When he was not carrying the Redskins’ rushing load — he led the team in carries (211) and rushing yards (898) — he mentored fellow rusher Derrius Guice, helping him through the early part of his NFL career.